Which pattern did you get? The $3 one or the $10 one? If I had to suggest a pattern for someone I'd say to get the $10 one..it's well worth it with the line by line directions.
Anyway, my main hints are -
*Keep track of your increases and decreases so they stay in line.
*Count your stitches regularly so if you do make a mistake it's not so far to frog.